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Book Report: Civil War 100

Civil War 100 : A Ranking of the Most Influential People in the War Between the States

This book is a detailed list of many of the important people in the civil war. I have

listed, and summarized, who I feel are the most important people.

Ulysses Simpson Grant served with Zachary Taylor's army at Monterey during the

Mexican war. Right when the war began Grant obtained a position on the staff of General

George McClellan. During the war he showed courage in both physically and morally

manners. In February 1862 Grant captured Fort Henry and Fort Donelson with help from

the Federal navy. In October he was appointed commander of the Department of

Tennessee, and told to take Vicksburg, Mississippi. Earl Van Dorn captured Grant's base

at Holly Springs and he had to retreat. In 1864 Grant was promoted to lieutenant general

and named general in chief of all federal armies. In April 1865 Grant forced Lee to

surrender after an 88 mile pursuit. Grant was elected president in 1868 and served two

During the Mexican war Lee was an engineering officer with Winfield Scott's

force. Jefferson Davis appointed Lee a general in the southern army in 1861. He was not

successful in preventing an invasion of western Virginia, so he was sent to the Atlantic

Coastal defense. In 1862 when Joseph E. Johnston was wounded, Lee became commander

of the confederate army in Virginia. In Richmond Lee drove the unionist away from the

capital in the Seven Days' Battles. In August he defeated the Northern army in the second

Battle of Bull Run. In May 1863 Lee won his greatest victory but also suffered his worst

loss in life. The Unionist were driven back with heavy casualties. The following year Lee

led his army against a series of bloody attacks against the Northern Army commanded by

Ulysses S. Grant. Robert Lee was one of the best commanders during the Civil War and

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